woman's mouth with $20 bill

Putting my money where my mouth is

I was born in a Communist country where you couldn’t speak freely. If you opposed the government, you would go to jail or you’d go to a gulag (prison camp) and may never return,...
Gellert bath house

Learning Hungarian via Italian opera, neo-Nazis and a phone sex line

Living in Budapest, Magyarország (Hungary) made me think in different ways in order to express myself in Hungarian, see the modern incarnations of a dark chapter of European history and hatred and fend off...
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La Covid n’est pas une fake news (Français/French)

Derrière chaque statistique d'hospitalisation ou de décès Covid, vous trouverez de nombreuses personnes comme moi qui ont un membre de la famille, un ami, un collègue ou un voisin hospitalisé avec la Covid. Ceux...
barriers

Political barriers shouldn’t be linguistic barriers

I was recently in the former Yugoslavia as an election observer in Macedonia and was pleasantly surprised at how I was able to use Serbo-Croatian to communicate with various people: a Slovenian diplomat, an...
The Whistleblower film

Could speaking English empower female sex trafficking victims to escape?

I rarely talk about the practical life-saving applications of speaking another language. But the topics of female sex trafficking and bride kidnapping make me wonder about how speaking another language, particularly English, could liberate...

It ain’t no hoax: Covid Public Service Announcement in 8 languages

I made a playlist of videos in 8 languages with a public service announcement about how Covid is robbing people of their dignity in death.   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLm6thK2LTrSnajn9mYuzwBzCXUjztTp30 Intro video text: Hi! My name is Susanna Zaraysky. You might...
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Covid ain’t no hoax

Behind every Covid hospitalization or death statistic, you will find many people like me who are the family members, friends, colleagues, or neighbors of somebody who is hospitalized with Covid. Those who couldn’t be...
Lenin in Kyrgyz kindergarten

Russian as a colonial language: native Russian speaker sees her language anew

Although I knew that the Russian Empire and Soviet regime spread the Russian language to the countries that were once part of the Russian empire and Soviet Union, I only recently truly felt the...
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COVID, это не мистификация (Pусский/Russian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF5XtLX0994 За статистикой всех госпитализаций или смертей связанных с COVID существует много людей похожих на меня Это члены семьи друзья коллеги и соседи кого-то кто госпитализирован с COVID Те кто не смог быть у смертного одра своего любимого могут прожить всю оставшуюся...

Bride kidnapping in Central Asia, Is an English speaking woman less likely to be...

Talking about learning English using music and media at the American Corner, Kant, Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz flag on wall. In the past year, I’ve been paying more attention to reaching out to girls...

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